So she’s asking a judge to deal with the rest of her case against her 13th divorce attorney in private.
Funches is suing lawyer Brian Hurst, arguing he botched her $5.125 million-plus divorce settlement. But her latest attorney Thomas Gooch III says Inc.’s “untruthful” coverage of the case is making it impossible for Funches to get “an unbiased jury pool.”
Gooch is now asking Judge Martin Agran to seal the case to prevent the case from being reported on, and to issue a gag order preventing either side from speaking to the media. In recently filed court papers he accused the Tribune of making “libelous and untrue” statements about Funches, though he did not spell out what he believes is wrong and on Friday declined to speak to Chicago Inc.
Funches, who grew up with Wade in south suburban Robbins, has filed multiple doomed lawsuits in connection with her contentious split from her high school sweetheart. The suits include a case against Wade’s second wife, actress Gabrielle Union. Funches settled the divorce case in 2013, but argues she was misrepresented by Hurst.
It’s been nearly a decade since Wade first filed for divorce.
Funches last year self-published a book in which she complained that living with Wade in Miami was like “living in a $4 million prison” but admitted that she became “an arrogant diva” to try to fit in with the NBA wives club.
Hurst’s attorney, Amir Tahmassebi, said, “it’s not appropriate to seal this case and we’ll be objecting.”